Midnight Run

Charles Grodin displays immense actorly patience, letting you warm to his character oh so slowly. His blank, backward-staring gaze – not De Niro’s fire, humor and despair – dominate Midnight Run. Then come the moments when he confiscates “counterfeit” bills, slams the train door on De Niro, and turns out, gloriously, to be a pilot. And you realize that yes, this is a man who might steal 15 million dollars from the mob, a man who could be friends with De Niro’s Jack Walsh, a man you really like. Grodin’s smile, when it finally shows up, is like a brilliant summer sun flashing through a rent in a dreary grey sky. Brilliant. Classic. Very, very, funny. (Netflix)

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